Jabeur becomes first Arab woman to reach third round of Grand Slam


Ons Jabeur is making history at Roland Garros.

Jabeur cruised by sixth-seeded Dominikia Cibulkova in straight sets to advance to the third round of a major for the first time in her career.

In doing so, Jabeur became the first Arab woman to reach the third round of a Grand Slam tournament.

“Well, when I win, I represent the Arab world. When I lose, I try to be just Ons Jabeur,” said with a smile. “We are small country. The Arab world is like when you do something good, you’re from Tunisia, and from Morocco, other Arab country, they get interested in you.”

A potential complication for Jabeur? It’s currently Ramadan, but she isn’t fasting during the tournament. Instead, she’s going to atone for the days she missed after her magical run comes to an end.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.